Music Notes: Janet Jackson Named 'Icon'

Before there was Britney, or Christina, Janet Jackson was among the top pop stars dancing up a storm on MTV. The music channel pays tribute to her status as one of the most influential stars in the music business tonight with its first Icon award.

Macy Gray, Destiny's Child and 'N Sync will perform on this tribute to the singer whose hits include "Control," "Rhythm Nation" and "That's the Way Love Goes."

While Ms. Jackson is also known for her sex appeal, the feminine singer still influenced boy band 'N Sync. Member Chris Kirkpatrick says they got a few tips while opening on one of her tours.

"She's meticulous about everything she does, and it just made us work harder," said Kirkpatrick.

Jackson may be getting notice for her achievements, but she's hardly at the end of her career. She's set to release her seventh studio album, All For You.

Bono Lobbies for Concert

There was nothing peaceful about the ticket sales for U2's only scheduled appearance in Dublin.

The band will play Slane Castle outside Dublin in August, with all 80,000 tickets selling out in just 45 minutes. Roughly 700 of the fans lining up for tickets on Saturday were left out, and didn't take the news well. Fights immediately broke out.

Lead singer Bono is trying to add another date, but legally only one show is permitted at the castle each year. He's calling on Irish Prime Minister Bernie Aheam to bend the rules to appease the fans, and was on Irish TV looking for support. "If the good people of Slane could suffer the inconvenience of another [show], we could really do something historic here," said Bono.

Clapton Hits the Road

Eric Clapton's following up his Grammy-winning B.B. King duet album, Riding With the King, with a new studio album called Reptile.

His first solo release since 1998 includes a batch of cover tunes such as Stevie Wonders "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It" and James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight."

Clapton has also announced a U.S. tour beginning May 10 in Dallas and finishing up in New York on June 22.


The Village People have lost a member. The "Leatherman," Glenn Hughes, died March 4 after a long illness, according to The Advocate. Hughes, 50, asked that he be buried in the biker outfit he wore for the group's disco hits. … David Bowie is teaming up with techno performers Massive Attack for a cover of Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy." The New Musical Express is reporting the track will appear on the soundtrack to Nicole Kidman's next film, Moulin Rouge. … Depeche Mode will tour for the first time in more than three years. The British band has announced dates in support of their upcoming CD, Exciter.

ABC Radio and's Buck Wolf and Nancy Chandross contributed to this report.